Experiencing the pain and discomfort of any condition can be alarming, but not knowing what these signs are attributed to or erroneously identifying them can result in additional fear. The symptoms usually associated with cervical herniated discs can sometimes be misunderstood by patients who will mistakenly believe they are suffering from a different condition. In order to beat the effects of a cervical herniated disc, you must have a complete understanding of the condition’s symptoms and treatment options.
Identifying the Signs
A cervical herniated disc can often occur due to trauma or injury to the cervical spine. The cervical nerve will usually get pinched or pressed, causing pain and discomfort to move along the nerve pathway. Cervical herniated discs can often be the cause of much confusion due to the different pain patters that can affect different levels in the spine. The connection between symptoms and spine levels are:
- C4-C5 (C5 nerve root) – Will usually cause no numbness but may instead result in weakness in the upper arm and shoulder pain.
- C5-C6 (C6 nerve root) – One of the most common levels of cervical disc herniation, this level will often cause numbness in the biceps and wrist extensor muscles. Tingling and pain can make its way down to the thumb area of the hands.
- C6-C7 (C7 nerve root) – Also one of the most common levels of cervical disc herniation, this level can sometimes cause numbness, tingling, and pain in the triceps that can travel down to the middle finger area of the hand.
- C7-T1 (C8 nerve root) – This level can cause handgrip weakness and can make numbness and tingling prevalent in the arm all the way down to the little finger (outer) side of the hand.
The Right Treatment
When you feel the tingling, numbness, and pain of a cervical herniated disc is too much to bear or it has failed to recede, you must seek medical attention. Medication can usually be enough to help with the pain in your arms along with the use of a soft collar to reduce immobilization. However, there are times when these methods of pain management are not enough to provide you with relief.
Upon being evaluated by one of our IGEA spine surgeons with the use of technologically-advanced CAT scans and X-rays, you may find that our state-of-the-art discectomy is the right option for you. A discectomy allows our expert orthopedic and spine surgeons the means of removing the part of a disc that may be damaged and fusing it with a bone graft. The graft and vertebrae are held with screws and plates that will ensure your bones heal correctly and promptly. Due to the use of a miniscule, one-inch incision to approach the problem area, you will be able to experience a faster recovery time and minimal scarring.
Fighting for Your Health
Pain and discomfort are things you should not live with. At IGEA Brain & Spine, we are determined to make a positive impact on your life. Let our orthopedic surgeons and spine surgeons have a look at what ails you so you can move on quickly but successfully. For more questions about our services, contact IGEA in New Jersey today and begin the journey to a pain-free life.